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Exchange Server Role Calculator 8.3, Sep 2016 Quarterly Exchange Updates

An updated version of the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator version 8.3.

This release focuses around two specific enhancements:

First up, “Exchange 2016 designs now take into account the CU3 improvement that reduces bandwidth required between active and passive HA copies as the local search instance can read data from its local database copy,” explained exchange team.

And, second, 8.3 calculator now automatically calculate the number of DAGs and corresponding number of Mailbox servers that should be deployed to support the defined requirements, team writes. “This process takes into account memory, CPU cores, and disk configuration when determining the optimal configuration, ensuring that recommended thresholds are not exceeded.”

Exchange Server Role Requirement Calculator 8.3

Additionally, also released today is the latest set of cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013 that include fixes and updated functionality.

First among others, in Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3, network bandwidth requirements between the active copy and passive HA copies are reduced, explains exchange team. To this end, Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator has also been updated to reflect these improvements.

Additionally, this change also reduces database failover times when compared to Exchange Server 2013, team said.

In addition, the team reminds customer of upcoming end of life (EoL) of the Exchange Server 2007. “We are now only seven months away from Exchange Server 2007 going out of support (Exchange Server 2007 T-1 year and counting),” writes exchange team.

Furthermore, team advises to those still running Exchange Server 2007 should “move to Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 14 or Office 365” to ensure uninterrupted access to support and product fixes.

Here’s what is new this cumulative update:

  • Windows Server 2016 support is now available with Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3.
  • Windows Defender is on by default in Windows Server 2016.
  • .Net 4.6.2 is included with Windows Server 2016. Microsoft notes, customers who are deploying Exchange on Windows Server 2016 must use .Net 4.6.2 and Cumulative Update 3 (or later). Additonally, upcoming December release of Exchange Server 2016 and 2013–”will add support for .Net 4.6.2 on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012R2,” team added.
  • Mounted .ISO using local languages of the operating system now function correctly with Cumulative Update 3.
  • Pre-requisite installation behavior update will now “place a server in off-line monitoring mode when installation of new Exchange binaries begins.”
  • Exchange Server 2016 CU 3 and Exchange Server 2013 CU 14 include security updates released in MS16-108.
  • CU 3 also includes an updated view of Contact information and Skype for Business presence information in Outlook on the web
  • One of the challenging areas in some on-premises environment is the amount of data replicated with each database copy, team explained.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 and Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 14 are available on the Microsoft Download Center.

In other product news today, Nano Server fully supports the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) framework, Microsoft reported, however, adding, “some familiar tools used to manage tracing and performance counters may not yet be available on Nano Server,” it said.

“Nano Server has inbox tools and cmdlets to accomplish most common performance analysis scenarios. It just may entail using different commands and workflows than you may be used to.”

Here’s the release details and download links:

And, you can download Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator 8.3 here.

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